Archive for June, 2017

Find out “Where Do I Put This?” with DPW and the Recycling Committee on July 11th

Ever look at an item you’re about to discard and wonder if it can be recycled—or if it can, how? These are the types of questions that Melrose residents often ask the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Melrose Recycling Committee (MRC) at events like the Victorian Fair and the Healthy Melrose Fair. Or when they are just visiting the DPW yard to drop off stuff.

DPW and MRC staff will be prepared to answer such questions at the next event in MRC’s summer speaker series, “Less Plastic is Fantastic,” on Tuesday, July 11 at the Milano Senior Center.

The event, “Where do I Put This?”, will address the question of what items go where, and in particular will focus on a very vexing question for dedicated and would-be recyclers: Why is some plastic recyclable and why are other types of plastic products not? Sure, most types of plastic have those numbers on them, but that doesn’t mean they should be disposed of in the same way. And as for those single-use plastic bags–you’ll learn why putting them into your curbside bin is a big no-no.

The speakers will review the process at JRM, the waste management company that picks up our recycling, and they’ll have some updates on many materials that need to be reused or recycled. Come learn how to make your own recycling efforts, and the city’s, more efficient and effective.

The third and final event in MRC speaker series will take place on August 22. Attendees at “The Second Life of Plastic Bottles” will learn how our green soda bottles and other beverage bottles are recycled. See how recycling cleanly makes this process more effective. The speaker will be Charlie Faulstich, a Melrose resident who works at wTe Corp., a recycler of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic resins.

All events are on Tuesdays, are free and open to all, and will take place at the Milano Senior Center (201 West Foster Street) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Robin Snyder-Drummond at 617-435-0693.

Source: Melrose Recycling Committee to Sponsor 2nd Event in Speaker Series on Plastics

Yard Waste Schedule for July, August & September

As in years past, curbside yard waste pickup is scheduled for just one week per month in July, August and September. Yard waste will be picked up alongside your recycling and trash during the following weeks:

July 17-21

August 14-18

September 11-15

Please mark your calendars accordingly. You may still bring your yard waste to the City Yard & Recycling Center during any of our open hours of operation (Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).

Contact or 781-665-0142 with any questions.

Water Main Work on Thurs. June 29

On Thursday June 29 the City of Melrose DPW Water Division will be shutting down the water main on Cleveland St. from Maple St. to West Wyoming Ave. AND on Sanford St. from Florence St. to Tappan St. There exists the possibility of water impacts extending into Baxter and further along Sanford St.

Water service will be shut down from ~8:30am and should be turned back on by 4:00pm.

Please see the document below for details. If you have questions or require water for a medical condition please call DPW’s Resident Services office at 781-665-0142.

For any water emergencies after normal work hours please call the police at 781-665-1212.

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Week of July 4th Trash & Recycling Schedule


The DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will be open regular hours through the rest of this week, including Saturday, July 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

On Monday, July 3, there will be regular curbside trash and recycling collection and the DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center will be open, though staff will be limited.

We will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. There will be no curbside trash or recycling pickup on Tuesday, July 4 and curbside collections will be on  a one day delay for the rest of the week. Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday, Wednesday’s routes will be collected on Thursday, and so on through Saturday, when Friday’s routes will be collected.

The weekly curbside metal pickup, for those who have purchased stickers and scheduled pickups in advance (no later than July 3), will be on Wednesday, July 5 next week.

There will be no yard waste pickup next week (yard waste pickups move to one monthly collection for July through September).

For more information please call the DPW Resident Services Office at 781-665-0142.

Have a safe and happy independence day, Melrose!

Household Hazardous Waste Day in Stoneham Sat. June 24th

On Saturday, June 24th, the Town of Stoneham and the City of Melrose are partnering for a joint Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. The event will be held at Stoneham High School at 149 Franklin Street. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. you can drop off certain toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required.   Fees will primarily be determined by actual estimated total volume of hazardous waste not volume of containers themselves according to the following fee list:

1-3 gal.    $ 20

4-10 gal.    $ 30

11-25 gal.     $ 50

Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Since the improper disposal of hazardous waste is dangerous for Department of Public Works employees and harmful to the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.

The event flier with details on what will and will NOT be accepted (and how to transport everything) can be viewed below, or printed as a PDF from the city’s event page. (Please note that Melrose residents should bring dried latex paint (free), tires ($2-8) and propane tanks (free) to the City Yard at 72 Tremont Street during regular hours of operation rather than to Stoneham on this hazardous waste day.)

If you cannot attend this event but have household hazardous waste to dispose of, please consult the complete list of events in surrounding communities which welcome Melrose residents (times and fees may be restricted in each individual town – please contact them directly to ensure smooth drop-off).

Call 781-665-0142 for further details.

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City Yard Access Affected by National Grid Work on Tremont Street

Access to DPW’s City Yard, Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street is currently being affected by work being done by National Grid on Tremont Street. Currently the best access to the yard is to enter Tremont Street from Lynn Fells Parkway (the road is closed at the West Emerson Street end). Construction is supposed to conclude this week. Thank you for your patience and understanding as this work is done. Please stay tuned to our Twitter account @MelroseDPW or call our office at 781-665-0142 for relevant updates.

Recycling Event on June 17 – Styrofoam & More!

Got styrofoam? Or a stash of plastic bags, wine corks, old books or ripped clothing? These items don’t belong in your curbside recycling bin, or in DPW’s recycling containers, but they can be recycled at DPW’s upcoming recycling event on Saturday, June 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m..

This Saturday, Melrose residents will be able to bring expanded polystyrene/EPS #6 foam (styrofoam) to Melrose DPW’s recycling center (72 Tremont Street) for free recycling. Foam must be clean (no tape or food residue), white (no colors) and not have been in contact with food (no meat trays, cups, egg cartons). In addition, no packing peanuts will be accepted. Separated expanded LDPE “squishy foam” (#4) may be accepted if separated out. Foam will be inspected upon arrival.

In addition to our regular collection events, residents can bring white EPS foam to Save That Stuff in Charlestown for free year-round during their hours of operation. Clean foam packing peanuts can be brought to local UPS stores for reuse.

In partnership with Whole Foods Melrose and the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose facebook group operated by Robin Munroe, DPW will also be offering residents the opportunity to bring clean plastic bags, wine corks, ring pulls from cans, and Brita filters and other #5 plastics to this recycling event.

Other items collected at all Saturday recycling events at the City Yard include: electronics with screens (TVs, monitors and lap tops: $20 each), other home office or entertainment electronics, CFL bulbs, books, clothes, tires ($2-$8), mercury items, dried latex paint, and metal items ($25) including microwaves, air conditioners, etc.

For more information or questions, please visit the Melrose Recycles Blog at or call 781-665-0142.

DPW Day on June 15th!

The 15th Annual DPW Day will be held on June 15th (rain date of June 16th) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tremont Street Operations Facility, 72 Tremont St. Students in grades K-3 of the Melrose schools will attend the event as a field trip, and Melrose residents are also invited to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, ages 8 or younger, to join in the event any time after 9:30a.m.

Because of the large number of children attending, the City Yard will be closed to residents dropping off yard waste/recyclables that day. In addition, Tremont Street will be closed in front of the DPW building (but open to traffic visiting businesses between DPW and West Emerson Street).

DPW Day Trucks

The DPW is hard at work preparing this fun and educational day for the children and residents of Melrose. Our theme this year is DPW STRONG! This year the event will feature a select group of 4th grade students from each school giving interactive presentations from a stage at home plate of Lewis Monk field from 9:30am-10:30am. The 4th grade projects will focus on sustainability, energy and environmental advancements made in the City of Melrose over the past 15 years, and ways that Melrosians young and old can help make their community clean and green. From solar power to single stream recycling, LED lighting, stormwater runoff, water conservation and the sewer system – you won’t want to miss this part of the day!


In honor of this 15th anniversary, DPW Day will feature historical photographs and items from Melrose over the past century (courtesy of Scott Macaulay). The event will also take a look into the future, with renderings of the new school additions and development projects elsewhere in the community. In addition to seeing the vehicles and workers that help keep Melrose’s streets safe and clear year-round, new exhibits, demonstrations and activities will engage kids in the DPW world of engineering, water, trash and recycling. Students will learn where their tap water comes from while designing their own gravity water system with the engineering department, practice their recycling sorting skills through a game made with upcycled materials, and consider the impact of using plastic bags on the environment while posing as a sea turtle in a photo booth made by the Melrose Reycling Committee.

DPW would also like to invite everyone to stop by the popular “Ducks in a Pond” and “Toilet Paper Toss” games to thank our Water and Sewer Foreman, Matty Hickey, and our Sewer Division Truck Driver, Richard Merrick, both of whom will be retiring at the end of June after working for Melrose DPW for 45 and 20 years, respectively.

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For more information about this and other events, please email or call 781-665-0142.